Ensuring Cultural Competence With African American Clients
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It is well established that African American clients often face social and cultural barriers to receiving excellent representation, both as a result of a lack of diversity in the legal profession, and deeply ingrained social prejudices held by individual attorneys. However, if law firms commit to providing high-quality, culturally competent representation to African American clients, there are a number of actions they can take to improve their cultural competence. In this course, attorney Judie Saunders will discuss the barriers to accessing competent legal services, how law firms can implement best practices when working with African American clients, and why this benefits the law firm as a business.
The course will benefit solo practitioners, mid to large-size firms, and HR professionals committed to providing not only efficient legal counsel to African American clients but also interested in fully understanding how the experience of being "Black in America" impacts the attorney client's relationship.
Discuss best practices for cultural competence when prosecuting or defending African American litigants
Overcome societal bias when presenting cases to the court and juries
Review some questions you must ask yourself to uncover your implicit bias
Identify financial incentives for law firms to investing in cultural competency training and practices
Implement easy daily workplace practices to increase cultural competency
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